“Mikel Glass | The Discarded”
If you ask me, Mikel Glass is on fucking fire. I know, I know, fat lot there is in saying it when I only give you one image to gawk at. However, to prove me right, check out his site so as to see for yourself his awe-inspiring collection of work.
From fanciful depictions of battle between creatures he engineered from plastic fruit to portraits of New York’s homeless, from sculptures of found objects to incredible self-portraits which bare witness to his process, Glass approaches his craft with impressive ingenuity and admirable self-reflection. I see his painting and have trouble believing it’s not real, then I see another and it’s of the actual act of him creating the fucking thing.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Centre recently showcased the California artist’s work. The exhibit was entitled “Mikel Glass | The Discarded,” and here’s what curator Blake Milteer had to say about it:
“Glass’s art provides the artist a means of reckoning with the world by interweaving the mundane and the spiritual in a diverse body of work that draws equally from Renaissance painting, Surrealism, Dada, and conceptual art.”
It’s been said so many times that art helps one see the world differently. What’s so exciting about Mikel Glass is the feeling I get that when he paints, he is seeing his world both clearly AND imaginatively. It’s a balanced and animating perspective which I struggle to achieve, and so, really, feel free to prove me right anytime now and check out Mikel Glass.